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Citi Bike discount on Groupon

Citi Bike is currently available at up to a 57 percent discount via Groupon. This discount can be a welcome thing for guests visiting the city.

Riders can pick up a bike in the East Village and pop over to Midtown to gaze at Rockefeller Center’s tree or Macy’s holiday window displays.

Citi Bike, operated by NYC Bike Share, is New York City’s new bike share system that was introduced on Memorial Day. Members can enjoy unlimited 30-minute rides between the stations. The bike-share program includes 332 stations scattered every few blocks throughout Manhattan below 59th Street and in Brooklyn neighborhoods including Williamsburg, Clinton Hill and Brooklyn Heights.

Groupon’s discount includes four options:

24-Hour Pass Options
$15 for three 24-hour passes ($29.85 total value)
$45 for ten 24-hour passes ($99.50 total value)

Seven-Day Pass Options
$25 for two 7-day passes ($50 total value)
$64.98 for six 7-day passes ($150 total value)

From Port Authority to East Village

Below are transit directions from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the East Village. The trip should take you about 25 minutes.

Begin at 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal

* Take the “A” train (subway) toward Ozone Park – Lefferts Blvd (This is a Brooklyn-bound train)

* Get off at the 14th Street stop in Manhattan and transfer to the “L” train (subway) toward Canarsie – Rockaway Pkwy (This should be the second stop on the “A” train. You’ll be getting on what is the last stop for the “L” train, so you may see a couple of trains waiting there. All trains will be heading in the same direction. The train will be heading east.)

*Get off at either the Union Square, the 3rd Avenue or 1st Avenue stops in Manhattan. (This should be the 3rd stop on the “L” train.) Exit onto 14th Street at 3rd Avenue.

From Penn Station to the East Village

Directions from Penn Station:

If you wish to take the subway, then there are a couple of options. The easier one is probably to get on the 1, 2 or 3 train at Penn Station and then transfer at 14th Street to the Brooklyn-bound “L” train.

The “1″ train is local and the “2″ and “3″ are express trains, so you’ll get off at the first stop on the express and the fourth stop on the local train. It’s a short trip no matter if you take the local or express.

You can find information on subway stops on this train line by clicking on the below link:

At 14th Street, you can transfer to the “L’ train to Union Square, 3rd Avenue or 1st Avenue in Manhattan.

From JFK to the East Village

Here is an overview of ground transportation at JFK Airport:

With the subway it’s fairly easy to get to my place. The entire trip should cost you about $7.25.

You’ll have to take the Air Train out of JFK Airport. There are signs by ground transportation so it’s pretty easy to find. If not, you can always just ask someone with a uniform and they will direct you to the right place. The Air Tran fare is $5. See details below:

Once you get on the Air Tran, you will travel to the Howard Beach stop and transfer to the “A” train. You will have to pay a subway fare of $2.25 before you can get on the train. Once at the track, you will take the Manhattan-bound train toward Inwood (Do NOT take a Brooklyn-bound train). It will be about an hour ride and you will get off on 14th Street in Manhattan. Do not exit the subway here. You will transfer to another train.

At 14th Street and 8th Avenue, you will transfer to the “L” train. The “L” train only goes one way from this stop so that will be easy to figure out. You’ll be heading in the direction of Brooklyn but not going there. Once on the “L” train, you will get off at either the Union Square, 3rd Avenue or 1st Avenue stops. These stops come quickly. See below details: